Friday, October 26, 2012
Are you tired of running your Genealogy Society for years with no relief? Is this your third term as [whichever board member] and there's no end in sight? If so, I have a few ideas that may bring relief.
I know: it sounds blunt and seems obvious, but please hear me out. I think sometimes we can assume that no one else is interested in serving on the Board because no one has volunteered lately. While that could be true, when was the last time you asked for volunteers? And how many people did you ask? I wonder if non-board members assume everything is fine--that we don't need help--because they haven't heard anything to the contrary. Or maybe they heard your initial request, but figured somebody already responded since they didn't hear the request again. As you know, people lead busy lives. I think if something is not on their day-to-day "radar", they probably won't realize when help is needed. So I'm saying, let's fire that flare gun and get on their radar. Ask again.
DEMYSTIFY BOARD MEETINGS & PROCEDURES
I have an impression that a lot of people don't know what a society board does or how. I remember thinking at one of my first board meetings,
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The back-to-school season is always crazy-busy here in the Davis household, so my blogging efforts have been put on the back burner for a while. Tonight I stole an hour or so away from my "Mom duties" to list some blog posts about attracting younger generations to genealogy:
- Thought provoking comments and suggestions from Colleen Phillipps, a Genealogist who happens to be young: http://craftingyoohooville.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-young-genealogist-there-is-nothing.html
- Utah Genealogical Society's 2012 Fall Conference -- lessons learned on how to make conferences more appealing to the younger generation: http://ugagenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/10/spectacular-successes-learning-from.html
- Janet Hovorka has written many blog posts about how she involved her children in family history research: http://thechartchick.blogspot.com/search/label/inspiring%20children--my%20experiences